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he walked out the jail a free man for the first time in seven years, seven years he should have never lost. >> now, 51 years old he was wrongly convicted of estimated murder in in a shooting where his mother now lived. the witness late recanted and they set him free. >> once talking to the judge, i guess not. seeing he was doing his job the same way as the d.a. >> the innocence project and attorneys .four years clearing his name. >> he spent seven years for something he didn't do. the system let him down, but it was through the cooperation through the district attorney's office we were able to get the result. >> his 77-year-old mother couldn't contain herself.
>> i'm so excited i don't know what to do. >> he gave up hope at the beginning but family visits changed that. he had this to say about the police and jury who put him in jail. >> i hope they do a better investigation on the job they have. i haven't committed a crime. >> he says he plans to counsel troubled youth. the d.a.'s office which prosecuted the case saying its office has a commitment to truth and justice and never waivers. >> katie: brentwood union school district has suspended merely grant. it came after sex special session yesterday. they didn't say why grant was put on leave. a teacher in the district who
was convicted of quick ago student with autism three years ago. >> a man trusted with their children is accused of violating that trust. an eat bay teacher and performer has been arrested on suspicion of child molestation. sergio quintana has the story from walnut creek. >> he has played a clown and other roles. they charged him with preying on one young victim. they started the investigation in november. >> a female juvenile and the parents reported that and he was sending inappropriate text messages to the young female. a three mo long investigation revealed several crimes. >> he was charged with two misdemeanors and two felonies including child molestation. he was worked as an acting instructor and taught improv
classes. he was fired months ago when they learned he was under investigating. parents were shocked to learn about the charges. >> as a teacher, that is one of the main goals is to trust by children. >> he was a coach here at the cheer academy in south san francisco and he as swim teacher in san bruno. he wasn't worked in either place for years and they have not mentioned to possible crimes in connection on peninsula but they are looking for more information from possible victims. he has posted bail. we found his car parked outside but no one ever answer the door. >> walnut creek police are asking parents to talk with their children if they had contact with him in the last few months. if they have any suspicions,
they should call police. >> new this morning, there is a memorial concert in downtown petaluma tonight to raise money for melissa burn. she attended a concert on new year's eve and was found dead half a mile from the venue. a former classmate is now raising money to buy a memorial bench bearing her name. they have booked seven bay area rappers at the phoenix theater. a portion of the funds raised will be donated to polly klaas foundation to help fund a new buddy program. "abc 7 news" has learned rapper mc hammer was arrested thursday night and booked in in jail in dublin. they are not giving any details about the arrest or pending charges. >> the white house has formally charged into the same-sex marriage debate. the obama administration filed a legal brief with the u.s.
supreme court urging justices to strike down the federal defense of marriage act that defines marriage between a man and a woman. when dan ashley asked president obama about this very issue on wednesday during an exclusive one-on-one interview, the president was non-committal saying he needed to confer with the solicitor general about the proper strategy they should take. supreme court is set to fake up the issue in late march. members of the marching band at john sweat high school is looking for help to find burglars that ripped off the band room this week. several thousands dollars of instruments were stolen between tuesday and wednesday. they are asking for them to be outlook for instruments being on sale on the internet. >> two athletes just returned from at trip of a lifetime. they went to cuba to play
baseball. they are perhaps the first american high school team to travel there and play against their cuban counterparts. >> a big welcome home. they played against students in cuba. >> they played more for the love the game. >> reporter: these are just a few of the spectacular photos from the trip. >> we learned a lot. got to see some things some of these things they've never seen before in marin county. >> i've seen students in the moment, life in the moment, having fun in the moment. they weren't smart phones texting or talking to their friends, they were participating totaling as a group. >> parents admit was hard to have their kids so far away.
>> it was hard but it was great knowing and we tried to follow along. >> but they know it was worth it. >> he was having a once in a lifetime experience. how many kids get to go to the havana and play baseball. >> experience was so positive for the kids that the global studies director says that his goal is to bring some of the cubans here to california to play games in mill valley. a san jose police officer is being called a hero after jumping into action when he was off the job and on his way to get married. he stopped a strong armed robbery on bart earlier this week. he noticed a scuffle and a woman was being robbed on their bart car as the train approached the west oakland station. >> we see a scuffle going on. don't get involved. don't get involved.
>> keep it under control and he jumped into action. >> 17-year-old veteran held the suspect until bart police could take her into custody. victim was not hurt. if it sounds like something out of a movie. the father kodo is of alien and midnight run same. very proud of her son on that one. lisa argen has the look at the forecast. if you just woke up, you missed the mist and drizzle this morning, even light rain. we've got sunshine in emeryville and oakland, upper 40s to lower 50s. wasn't that cool this morning. starting out warmer but finish cooler. >> katie: also surprising for a first for napa wines and former n.b.a. star cashing in on it. increasing number of iphone
you are looking live view from emeryville back to san francisco blue bay. 47 degrees, going to warm up almost 10 degrees. lisa argen will have the full forecast coming up in just a little bit. popularity of apple iphones and ipads are not limited to people that buy them -- they are big with thieves, too. they are creating a special unit to track down stolen apple products. nearly 4,000 iphones and ipads were stolen in 2012 than the year before. the i-force will work with apple to try on return them to owners. >> some of the best wine is made in the napa valley and it's fetching $600 a bottle. vic lee has more on why local wine lovers won't get a chance to buy them. >> what does this retired n.b.a.
star have in common with a video game maker. they both started their own wineries in napa. yao ming was introduced to red wines at steak houses he frequented while playing for the rockets. >> we have a lot of beef over there. steak and red wine is very really good combo and for people to enjoy their life with those two. >> he is the head of game company. he a long time wine lover and he has been to california on business for some 30 years. >> came to realize that napa produces the best wine in the world. therefore, make me think of starting a winery. >> small winery rests on a former horse ranch. it overlooks the napa valley. he bought the 3800 acre property
13 years ago. he spared no invest investing hundred million dollars to build a state of the art winery and replanted very vineyards and he hired the best people in the business to make his wines. last year, kenzo es states bottled 11,000 cases but wine lovers here probably won't taste them because 80% exports to japan. each bottle selling from $80-250 but there a huge demand for premium wines from japan's middle-class. yao ming started his winery two years ago he leases production space in st. helena. they produce about 4,000 cases of flagship wines and 3500 cases of the yao family reserve cabernet. almost all of shipped to china
and very pricy with a flagship cab. >> it ends up $280 and family reserve is $625. >> even at that price a bottle, yao ming has no problems selling his wine in china. wine imports to china titled $53 million, six years later it grew to $800 million. but video games and wine making are not dissimilar. >> they have to be global. we enjoy everybody in the world and have to have a good creator and good concept. it's very similar in my opinion. >> for yao ming, basketball and wine making have something in common, making a success of it in the growing china market will be a slam-dunk. >> katie: san jose will vote on
tuesday whether to be the largest city in the country to ban styrofoam. they are encouraging a switch to alternative packaging but the california restaurant association a ban would harm small businesses in the city. it says food packaging accounts for 1% of waste in landfill. >> oakland, city officials celebrated the opening of a channel that has been closed off for 140 years. it's part of project that will allow boaters in the oldest wildlife preservation to pad toll san francisco bay. 750 foot section of the channel was open yesterday for the first time since the 18 60s. city will hold a public celebration for this and other lake merritt improvements later this summer. that looks beautiful being out on the lake, something to do today? >> you and i noticed the rain on the pavement earlier this morning. for those just waking up, we had
a weak system that brought a couple hundredths of rain around the bay area. it was raining for a time in san jose and also along the central coast. right now, nothing to show you. live doppler 7-hd with a sweep atop mount st. helena and national weather service we are dry and the clouds continue to erode. a look at east bay from emeryville camera, it's sunny out there and gusty winds in the higher elevations. 47 in san francisco. you are in the lower 50s with the cloud cover, higher dewpoints. numbers in the 40s to petaluma with the clouds hanging along the central coast. vollmer peak, it's very bright out there and another fair afternoon with high pressure sitting offshore with the winds kicking up today. gilroy cool at 46.
it hasn't been as cool as it could be if we were clear the entire night. with the cloud cover early this morning, we were milder this afternoon and sunny and breezes kick in. they'll continued throughout the day. with high pressure offshore and builds on in, it will be warmer tomorrow. starting out with sunshine soon weernd are dry throughout the rest of the week. as we begin march, we're talking about -- now looking at a city. temperatures this morning, i spoke of that earlier where with the cloud cover and higher dewpoints, anywhere from five to ten degrees warmer. getting a head start on the warmth. by this afternoon with the high pressure register offshore the winds out of the northwest anywhere from 20-25 miles an hour will keep it brisk. but looking at more sunshine and temperatures staying in the 50s at our coast. here is computer animation.
here we are up to our current time, and really the cloud cover is gone. looking at breezy conditions, a few high clouds but otherwise today, another nice afternoon. if you are looking for snow, we had rain earlier in the sierra nevada. 40s in lake tahoe. 50s at the coast and to 70s in southern california. back home mainly in the 60s. a couple neighborhoods upper 50s but along the coast here, here is where we get the cooling winds. temperatures, 61 in redwood city. san francisco, you need a jacket upper 50s throughout the day. remember tonight, the chinese new year parade, 54 degrees at 5:00. more 60s and near east bay upper
50s to about 61 in san leandro. heading inland, temperatures should be very pleasant, although the winds may off set some of that warming. here is a look at the accu-weather seven-day forecast, cooler of the two days out of the weekend. tomorrow coming up to 2-4 degrees and partly cloudy on monday, a warming trend and unfortunately say that because we need rain. 70 inland by thursday and friday. "abc 7 news" is a great row source for you to follow and live doppler 7-hd on twitter for the very latest bay area weather conditions, rain or shine and plus you can get video forecasts spare the air alerts, power outage information and weather tweets from all of us. it's a great source because it is right now. you get everything when you want it. >> katie: thank you. coming up next, san francisco's
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yesterday and a living warrior and led the crowd to the hall where ten of the 2,000 year old sculptures are displayed. learning about ancient china is important to understanding china today. >> the exhibit runs until late may in asian art museum. >> and the stage is set for san francisco's spectacular lunar new year celebration. it marks the start of the lunar calendar and sell bra briats the year of the snake. costumes and firecrackers will light up the parade route. it begins tonight at market and second streets and winds through into chinatown and ends at concern any and washington street. >> coming up next, oscars one
here a lisa argen. >> another beautifully sunny shot on top of vollmer peak but it doesn't show the clouds out there. much of the bay area waking up to a sunny morning but we do have a weak front that pushed on through. a few lingering clouds in the south bay and along the central coast but temperatures are much milder this morning. upper 40s to low 50s this afternoon. once again it is full sunshine with a cooler day at our coast. 50s remain there and northwest winds blowing already. you may feel the breeze out there this morning. it will stay with us throughout the evening, the evening featuring clear conditions and we are talking about the last week of february. more coming up later. >> katie: new this morning, governors from across the nation are meeting in washington for the annual winter meeting for the national governors' association.
they condemned the stalemate in congress by tha threatens every stated. president obama in his weekly address is urging congressional republicans to approve his blend of targeted savings and tax increases. the so-called sequester will hurt the middle-class. >> republicans in congress really willing to let these cuts fall on our kid schools and mental health care to protect tax loopholes for corporate jet owners? are they ready to slash military health care and border patrol because they want to eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies. are they seriously prepared to inflict more main on the middle-class because they refuse to act any more of the very top. >> katie: republican response calls on him to approve the keystone xl pipeline to grow the economy. >> spending cuts to affect the lives of hundreds of people in the bay area.
employees of the saa will be forced to take a furlough of at least one day per pay period. passengers on could see 90 minute delays. as many as 5 bay area air traffic control towers could be shut down part of the plan to close hundred airports that have fewer than 150,000 flight operations. at yosemite park cuts could mean fewer trash pick-ups that bears would be attracted to the area. trail repair and maintenance could be scaled back, as well. republicans have dismissed all of the warnings as exaggerations the streets and sidewalks around the dolby theater in hollywood as crews prepare for the oscars. hollywood boulevard has been shut down to allow construction fan bleachers and setup. there will be a special tribute
to james bond. the films that are based on novels have been international hits for five decades. skyfall is up for five oscars this year. >> bond is back. this time a secret agent in films like gold finger will be honored along those gold statues. >> this is one of the most important movie franchises in the history of cinema. >> they are celebrating 007 50 years on the screen that started in 1962. >> and sean connery in the lead role from. from the spy who loved me to license to kill and golden eye, six oscars have helped them
evolve over the years. daniel craig to modernize bond filling this spot for the 2012 olympics opening ceremony. newest bond film is nominated for five oscars including best original song. last month she won a golden globe in the same category but details of this bond oscar moment are being kept top secret. >> i don't know exactly what they are going to do as far as this tribute is concerned, but i do expect every james bond to be present. >> reporter: this could be bond's lucky year. it did earn two oscars back in the 1960s for sound and visual effects. >> the oscars are tomorrow and abc7 is the only place to watch the show. our live coverage begins at 2:00 p.m.
you can count down to the night with the official oscars app. it will give you best a access and streaming video behind the scenes. you can get the oscar experience by downloading our oscars app available for ipad and kindle fire and android. we are hosting a virtual oscar party on our facebook page. all you have to do is like us on facebook and then you can hang out with 95,000 other bay area fans to post your opinion on all the fashion faux and surprises. again our coverage begins at 2:00. you can see the stars arrive at 4:00 with oscars red carpet live and big show begins at 5:30. following the oscars we'll have a recap of the biggest moments and your path to all the actor parties with rotc and then jimmy
kimmel followed by 10:00 followed by abc news at 11:00. >> bay area cities have been holding gun buy-back programs that have resulted to get hundreds of guns off the street ever since the sandy hook tragedy. in marin county more than a hundred 800 weapons were sold back and menlo park, py and east palo alto are asking gun owners to surrender their weapons. no questions asked. the event is from 10:00 this morning until 2:00 this afternoon. it's in the parking lot of the east palo alto city hall. >> the focus of this is not investigative. it's to get guns and remove them from unwanted places. the focus is on the destruction of firearms, not criminal investigations. >> katie: the money to buy back the guns will come from a nonprofit group called protect our children. >> it is 8:36. coming up next, important
privacy physician for anyone who owns a credit card. the proposal that will change the way you shop online. also, let's take a live look outside. this is from hd roof cam. you can see the embarcadero. bay bridge in the background. beautiful, clear sky morning. if you are just getting up you missed rain, dampness in a lot of areas definitely had my windshield wipers on the way to work this morning. lisa argen
if you are not concerned about keeping personal information private, there are very few rules how much information online stores can demand from you when you make a purchase but that is about to change. atlanta in an has the story from sacramento. >> when you buy something with a credit card at a store in california, workers are not allowed to ask you for personal information like home address, phone number or email. it's spelled out in a law. the state supreme court earlier this month sided with apple saying consumer protection do not apply to downloadable products. >> it throws out all privacy protections for people doing
online purchase forces downloads. we think the next step will be for any online commerce. >> assemblyman is trying to fix that to extend privacy protections to online stores but allow companies to be able to detect credit card fraud, getting rid of a customer's information shortly after the purchase. >> they can't aggregate that to develop all sorts of profiling about you as a consumer, your habits. >> online retailers are already concerned. many companies feel state lawmakers have no jurisdiction, plus it spoils the conveniences of cyber shopping. >> consumers oftentimes opt in to allow their information to be stored by retailer when they return again for another purchase, the retailer knows who they are. that is great experience for an online shopper. >> many itunes customers we
spoke to looked forward to more privacy. >> it's dangerous to get give out more personal information. >> we shouldn't have any type of retailer or any type of business saying, oh, we can take your information and we can do what we'd like. >> court documents, consumer groups apple never states why it needed personal information and what it did for it. nannette miranda, "abc 7 news". >> katie: shaping up to be a gorgeous day. nice and clear. >> yes, but the plants got a little drink of water early morning. we had a weak cold front that bring a little precip. and breezy, higher elevations and the wind is going to stay with us throughout the day. i'll tell you how warm it is going to get and whether or not we're going to see any rain.
mountain resort, lake tahoe. partly sunny right now. if you catch those specks flying past the lens, couple of flakes of snow this morning. it's going to warm up into the upper 30s and looks to be a gorgeous day out in the mountains. >> giants play their first training game. here is sports director larry beil with the highlights. >> good morning. spectacular game at oracle arena warriors, looking to end a 16 game losing streak against the san antonio spurs and they get it done in overtime. sporting their short sleeve uniforms. 26% lighted earned a maybe that helps. david lee, the dunk and final on tim duncan.
curry here, warriors down 1 after three-quarters. seconds left in regulation, warriors up two. he feeds ginobili bili and jared was unstoppable. 30 points and ten assists as the warriors in ot, 107-101. the blackhawks made nhl history. sharks on the attack, slumping patric marleau to beat ray emery. chicago comes back in the second period. and just trying to get a pass off here and it dpe reflects right in. tied at 1. brandon, shorthanded goal and that wins it 2-1 the final. chicago scored at least one point in 17 straight games, a
new record for best start in the nhl. >> women's hoops team, stanford and cal, both of them are ranked in the top ten. stanford hosting oregon states. high off the glass. plus one he is shanai, not in my house. 19 points, 12 boards, stanford wins their ninth in row. pumped up against cal and here a block. it gets control and takes it all the way. she had 13 and cal up by 9 at the break. and gray and brandon the hoop and the foul, cal with their 12th consecutive win, 77-55. >> n.f.l. combine runs through
indianapolis to get deep thoughts from jim harbaugh. he was asked about draft prospects who may not be entirely honest when being interviewed by n.f.l. teams. >> big fan of the judge judy show. when you lie in judge judy's courtroom, it's over. your credibility is completely lost. you stand no chance of winning that case. so, i learned that from her. very powerful. >> you can't go wrong following judge judy. mike shumann will be here with all the highlights. have a great weekend everybody. i'm larry beil. >> katie: i hope everyone learned as much as i did in that sportscast. hopefully, i hope you learn a little something but we are
struggling find things to talk about sometimes because our forecast has remained dry. subtle changes and live doppler 7-hd. we had a few areas of light rain earlier. that has since disappeared along the central coast and few clouds lingering around the salinas area. this is a view from mount tam. you have a few areas of raindrops this morning. the pavement was slick and wipers were needed in much of the north bay. we are looking at temperatures 46 this is a sachbtd cruz and low 50s oakland with san jose into the sunshine at 46. livermore 48. here is the view from the south bay, san jose, more sunshine and you picked up a couple hundredths down around santa clara valley and santa cruz mountains. the numbers stay in the 40s here for the short term, the winds continue to gust.
in fact offshore, 40-50 mile-an-hour wind gusts as the northwest winds set the stage for a clearing sky. already we are looking at sunshine the breezy conditions. the warmer day of the weekend will be tomorrow. and extended dry period right through the rest of the week. it takes us to early march. weather systems have been staying up to the north, pacific northwest. you can see another area of low pressure, but it's high pressure that continues to deflect the weather systems to the north. it builds in to the eastern pacific and keeps all of california dry. a few sprinkles up towards eureka and crescent city but cool conditions at our coast, forecast animation shows the cloud cover really eroding throughout the rest of the morning hours. breezy winds to keep us on the cool side around the bay today. we are looking at conditions warmer in southern california
with mid-60s here. should be really nice day but few clouds lingering in the central valley. 74 in palm springs and temperatures back home today, you'll notice a few 50s around and lower 60s with the northwest wind. we'll call it breezy to mostly sunny today. if you have plans to come into town tonight for the chinese new year's parade, it will be clear. numbers will be cool from the mid 50s to lower 50s. then after 7:00 dropping into the upper 40s. cool evening throughout the overnight hours. we're talking about once again without the cloud cover, overnight lows in the mid-30s in the north bay. it should be cold, chilly along the coast. upper 30s and back into the low 40s around the bay. with the look ahead, cooler day today with upper 50s and low 60s. breezy winds around the bay. gaining a few degrees tomorrow, starting out colder and being warmer and then with a few clouds around in the morning, temperatures will finish the
>> katie: a fund-raiser is under way in concord to benefit the family of a connecticut shooting victim. they are raising money for the charlotte bacon kindness fund. first grader was one of the children killed in the shooting rage at sandy hook. it may not be a frozen lake but there it will be plenty cold for those that dare to take the plunge. at noon hundreds of people will jump into san francisco bay at aquatic park. then a walk and run afterward. is similar to the polar plunge in wisconsin which you see right
here. organize es are raising money for the northern california special olympics and hope to raise $352,000. what is the temperature going to be like out there today. >> it will be in the upper 50s. so it's definitely a cooler day in san francisco today. that is due to northwesterly winds and cold front that came on through bringing cooler air mass. 59 in san mateo with lower 60s around the bay. look ahead tomorrow, starting out colder and ending warmer and milder through monday and tuesday. then we'll continue to see high pressure bring us warmer temperatures to the end of the workweek. we still have march and bringing rainy and cold weather. >> katie: thank you for joining us on abc7 saturday morning news. we continue at 5:00 tonight. meanwhile, you asked for it.
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